Time to get real on Renewable Energy Target negotiationsReports today that the Federal Government is seeking the resumption of negotiations with Labor on the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and is willing to negotiate on its previous position is good news for the renewable energy sector, the Clean Energy Council said.
28 Nov, 2014
New Senate inquiry is Groundhog Day for renewable energyIt is Groundhog Day for the renewable energy industry following Senate approval for the ninth review into renewable energy in just three years, with another inquiry set to waste taxpayers’ money on a political witch hunt into issues that have been explored time and again, the Clean Energy Council said today.
25 Nov, 2014
New Renewable Energy Target proposal would be economic vandalismA new proposal from federal senator David Leyonhjelm would destroy the future of renewable energy in Australia while driving up power prices, the Clean Energy Council said today.
25 Nov, 2014
Joint statement on the Renewable Energy Target – Clean Energy Council and Australian Aluminium CouncilThe Clean Energy Council and Australian Aluminium Council today called on the Australian Government and Australian Labor Party to resolve the current Renewable Energy Target (RET) crisis, and provide much needed certainty to both the Australian renewable energy and aluminium sectors.
20 Nov, 2014
Victorian wind policy would unlock regional jobs and investmentThe Victorian Opposition's strong support for the wind industry today is a very welcome and clear demonstration of support for the jobs and investment wind energy can bring to the state, the Clean Energy Council said today.
13 Nov, 2014
Broken promise on Renewable Energy Target puts 21,000 jobs at riskThe renewable energy industry’s peak body says it is extremely disappointed that the Federal Government is refusing to drop its plan to dramatically slash the Renewable Energy Target (RET), putting at risk more than 21,000 jobs and Australia’s reputation as a safe place to invest.
12 Nov, 2014
Second stage of Snowtown Wind Farm blows away the competitionThe Clean Energy Council has congratulated Trustpower and Siemens on the launch of the second stage of the Snowtown Wind Farm in South Australia, but warned other projects would be few and far between under the Federal Government’s current proposal to slash the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
02 Nov, 2014
Broken promise would wreak havoc on renewable energy investors: New reportSlashing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) as proposed by the Federal Government would smash the value of projects that are already operating, and potentially expose the government to massive compensation claims by those affected, new analysis by law firm Baker & McKenzie reveals.
28 Oct, 2014
Job losses continue as renewable energy speculation bitesThe decision by Keppel Prince Engineering to lay off 100 workers from its Portland operation is the sad and frustrating result of months of uncertainty, along with continued speculation that the Federal Government would dump its long-standing commitment to the legislated Renewable Energy Target, the Clean Energy Council said today.
23 Oct, 2014
Government proposal on Renewable Energy Target would devastate industryThe Clean Energy Council has warned that a so-called ‘real’ 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target (RET) would be a broken promise by the Federal Government that would lead to the decimation of the renewable energy industry and drive up power prices for consumers.
22 Oct, 2014
Clean energy jobs can boost Victorian economyThe Victorian economy could receive a much-needed boost through the creation of hundreds of new jobs that could be created quickly with no additional cost to consumers, according to a new paper released by the Clean Energy Council today.
22 Oct, 2014
Industry frozen as another Renewable Energy Target review commencesThe Clean Energy Council has called for an end to ongoing reviews of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and for the removal of future legislated reviews, after the third review of the policy in two years was announced today.
21 Oct, 2014
13,000 solar workers tell PM: ‘Don’t mess with our jobs’ in new campaignThousands of workers in Australia's solar power industry are joining together to tell Prime Minister Tony Abbott 'Don't mess with our jobs' in a new campaign by the Clean Energy Council, launched today.
30 Sep, 2014
Top consumer groups join call for no change to Renewable Energy TargetSome of Australia’s leading consumer and community groups have joined forces with the renewable energy industry to call on the Federal Government to leave the Renewable Energy Target (RET) unchanged to keep power prices down and allow the policy to create employment opportunities.
29 Sep, 2014
South Australia to reap huge benefits from boosting Renewable Energy TargetSouth Australia is poised to reap huge benefits in investment and jobs by increasing its renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2025, the clean energy industry says.
23 Sep, 2014
Renewables critical to achieving Energy Green Paper goalsThe Federal Government’s new Energy Green Paper is a welcome contribution to the discussion on the future of Australia’s energy sector, the clean energy industry says.
23 Sep, 2014
Large-scale solar chiefs hit Canberra to defend Renewable Energy TargetHeads of companies behind Australia’s major large-scale solar projects are today taking their fight to save the Renewable Energy Target (RET) all the way to Canberra.
23 Sep, 2014
Thousands of supplier jobs lost if Renewable Energy Target cutSuppliers working on Australia’s renewable energy projects say many thousands of jobs will be lost – most of them in rural and regional areas – if the Federal Government slashes the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
19 Sep, 2014
Time to return to bipartisanship on the Renewable Energy TargetThe Federal Government has not convinced the industry or the public of a need to change the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and should leave it alone, the renewable energy industry’s peak body said today in response to comments from Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane.
11 Sep, 2014
Businesses go solar to save millionsMore than 15,000 Australian businesses have now installed solar power to reduce their energy bills, and there is the potential for tens of thousands more to follow suit if the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is left as legislated, the Clean Energy Council said today.
10 Sep, 2014
New analysis shows state investment and jobs at risk from cutting Renewable Energy TargetNew South Wales and Queensland are the states with the most to lose if the Federal Government adopts the recommendations to slash the Renewable Energy Target (RET) put forward by Dick Warburton last week, according to new analysis released by the Clean Energy Council today.
08 Sep, 2014
Launch of Australia's largest solar farm a much-needed bright spotThe launch of Australia’s largest solar farm today is a landmark achievement and a bright moment for an industry whose future is currently under a cloud, according to the Clean Energy Council.
03 Sep, 2014
Polling shows massive support for renewable energy across political spectrumPolling by Crosby Textor has been released today clearly showing that Australian voters across the political spectrum want more renewable energy, the Clean Energy Council said.
02 Sep, 2014
Review recommendations could bankrupt Australian renewable energy sectorThe recommendations from the review of Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET), released today, would decimate the industry, resulting in massive financial damage to over $10 billion worth of investments already made and putting 21,000 jobs at risk, the Clean Energy Council said.
28 Aug, 2014
Cutting solar support would scrap jobsSlashing the support for solar provided by the Renewable Energy Target would lead to the immediate loss of up to 5800 jobs and make it harder for low and middle-income households to access technology to reduce their power bills, the Clean Energy Council said today.
25 Aug, 2014
'Real' 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target would decimate industryA new paper released by the Clean Energy Council today shows that cutting the Renewable Energy Target to a so-called 'real' 20 per cent figure would reduce the amount of new large-scale renewable energy built by almost two thirds (64 per cent) and devastate investments already made under the policy.
21 Aug, 2014
Opinon: Retain RET to keep green energy on Team AustraliaWhen Tony Abbott claimed victory for the Coalition in the 2013 election before a euphoric crowd of supporters, he was quick to proclaim that Australia was once again open for business.
20 Aug, 2014
Potential Renewable Energy Target changes spook international investorsAustralian and international investors worth hundreds of billions of dollars have called on the Federal Government to recognise the importance of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) to the investments that they have made and highlighted the sovereign risk that would be created if the policy was changed.
20 Aug, 2014
Slashing renewable energy would be out of touch with the Australian communityAustralians have yet again shown their strong public support for renewable energy, with more than 99 per cent of the submissions to the review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in favour of the policy, the Clean Energy Council said today.
19 Aug, 2014
Reckless slashing of Renewable Energy Target would devastate jobs and investorsSlashing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) would devastate Australia’s renewable energy sector, send hundreds of companies to the wall and tens of thousands of hard-working Australians onto the employment scrapheap, the Clean Energy Council said today.
18 Aug, 2014
Clean energy industry thanks Victorian Opposition for support of energy efficiency targetEfforts to save the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) by the state’s opposition were welcomed by the clean energy industry, although legislation to close the scheme was ultimately passed by the Victorian Government this month.
12 Aug, 2014
Letter to The Australian – IPA's bias claim is high farceThere’s a simple reason that some media outlets may accentuate the positive on renewable energy – it is supported by the vast majority of Australians.
12 Aug, 2014
Letter to the Geelong Advertiser – Henderson values renewable energyIt has been fantastic to see federal Liberal MP Sarah Henderson standing up for Australia’s Renewable Energy Target recently.
09 Aug, 2014
Wind power record blown away in JulySouth Australia’s wind farms produced enough electricity to meet a record 43 per cent of the state’s power needs during July, according to new figures released by the Clean Energy Council today.
08 Aug, 2014
Renew Economy post: Out on a limb, or a return to common sense on renewable energy?Being out on a limb can be a dangerous place to be, particularly in politics. When federal Liberal politician Sarah Henderson stated loudly and proudly that she supports Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, she certainly went against the grain of some of her party colleagues who have been calling for a massive reduction in the target.
05 Aug, 2014
Wind farm planning changes to put Victoria back in the race for renewable energy investmentA Victorian Government decision to allow modest changes to approved wind farms will effectively reduce red tape for business and make the state more attractive to renewable energy investors, the Clean Energy Council said today.
01 Aug, 2014
Clean Energy Council solar award winners recognise best and brightestThe solar industry’s best and brightest were honoured last night at the Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards, presented at the ReneSola Australia ATRAA Dinner as part of Clean Energy Week.
25 Jul, 2014
New solar power guide to help consumers shine onA new solar power guide for consumers produced by the Clean Energy Council takes people through a simple seven-step process to help them select the ideal solar system for their needs.
24 Jul, 2014
Groundbreaking project to create a clean energy gridThe Clean Energy Council will today launch a groundbreaking new project that will work to ‘future proof’ Australia’s energy system and improve the electricity grid to support the growth of clean energy.
23 Jul, 2014
Clean Energy Council award winners outshine rivals at Clean Energy WeekThe Doomadgee Solar Farm in far north-west Queensland and the community engagement process for the Boco Rock Wind Farm in New South Wales were the winners of this year’s Clean Energy Council Industry Awards, beating strong competition to outshine their rivals.
22 Jul, 2014
Search for bipartisanship on renewables as Clean Energy Week starts in SydneyA New South Wales Government Minister has said he wants his state to be the ‘California of Australia’ for renewable energy as part of the opening proceedings for Clean Energy Week’s Policy and Finance Conference.
22 Jul, 2014
Major investors warn politicians on changes to Renewable Energy TargetA group of major local and international investors has warned their existing renewable energy projects may suffer ‘financial distress and the potential for financial failure’ if significant changes are made to the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) as a result of the current review of the policy.
22 Jul, 2014
Gem of a clean energy idea to reduce expensive diesel useA new project to use solar and wind power in combination with storage and diesel at the town of Coober Pedy in South Australia would enable the community to get about 70 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy, the Clean Energy Council said today.
15 Jul, 2014
New senators rev up support for renewable energyThe support of key cross-bench senators is a big boost for the majority of Australians who want more renewable energy, the Clean Energy Council said today.
09 Jul, 2014
Clean Energy Week to fire up an industry at the crossroadsLast week Clive Palmer ignited debate on the Renewable Energy Target, this week Federal Government backbenchers weighed in on behalf of aluminium producers, and meanwhile the anti-dumping investigation into solar panels continues – meaning the upcoming Clean Energy Week conference in Sydney is primed to fire up with lively and topical discussion from industry leaders and politicians.
04 Jul, 2014
Clean Energy Council award finalists showcase best in businessA ‘Solar Wikipedia’, a community fun run around a wind farm, a home-grown battery storage unit and a host of best-in-class solar installations are some of the finalists vying for honours in this year’s Clean Energy Council Awards.
27 Jun, 2014
Clive Palmer gives titanic boost to renewable energy industryThe renewable energy industry’s peak body has congratulated Clive Palmer for his strong support of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target today.
25 Jun, 2014
Power of nature keeps renewable energy on targetSome of the strongest hydro generation in recent years and the opening of the largest wind farm in the country lifted renewable energy’s share of Australia’s power generation to over 14 per cent in the 2013 calendar year, according to analysis from a report released today by the Clean Energy Council.
24 Jun, 2014
Australian clean energy industry winding up to mark global celebrationsThe wind energy sector stands ready to deliver thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment to the Australian economy if the Renewable Energy Target is left alone to do its job, the Clean Energy Council said to mark Global Wind Day.
15 Jun, 2014
Energy leaders come clean on business benefits of Renewable Energy TargetLeaders of the renewable energy industry have come clean about the benefits of the country’s Renewable Energy Target in a series of short interviews released by the Clean Energy Council today.
12 Jun, 2014
Australia falling behind as global renewables race gains paceA new global clean energy report released overnight shows Australia slipping behind the pace, with 144 countries now adopting renewable energy targets and renewable energy powering about a fifth of the world.06 Jun, 2014
Victorian Government wants to have renewable energy cake and eat it tooThe in-principle support shown for the Renewable Energy Target by the Victorian Government is welcome, but industry is concerned that wider changes suggested in the government’s submission to the current review of the policy would just add to investment uncertainty, the Clean Energy Council said today.
04 Jun, 2014
Renewable Energy Target not power price villain: Queensland Competition AuthorityThe Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) confirmed on Friday what the clean energy industry has been saying for years – that the Renewable Energy Target is not a major factor in rising power prices.
02 Jun, 2014
New South Wales recognises benefits of Renewable Energy TargetThe support shown by the New South Wales Government for the Renewable Energy Target in a submission to the review of the policy shows that it understands the benefits it can deliver to both consumers and the local economy, the peak body for the clean energy industry said today.
29 May, 2014
Solar powering the future of Australia's resources sectorA new solar-diesel hybrid plant which will power a Rio Tinto mine in remote Far North Queensland is a perfect example of the potential for renewable energy to help protect the competitiveness of the Australian resources sector, the peak body for the clean energy industry said today.
22 May, 2014
Cutting energy efficiency scheme will hit all VictoriansCutting the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) will make power bills more expensive and increase costs for taxpayers, the Clean Energy Council said today.
21 May, 2014
Scrapping ARENA will send innovation and jobs offshoreThe proposed scrapping of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in tonight’s Federal Budget will be a backwards step for Australia’s drive to develop innovative new renewable energy technologies, and for Australian and international companies who have been working to bring investment to Australia, the peak body for the clean energy industry said tonight.
13 May, 2014
Changing the Renewable Energy Target will damage investment and throw away jobsReducing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) as a result of the current review would increase power bills and lead to thousands of lost jobs, the Clean Energy Council argued in its submission this week to the panel reviewing the policy.
08 May, 2014
New study shows power prices will be lower with Renewable Energy TargetA new study released today shows future power prices will be lower with Australia’s Renewable Energy Target in place than they would be if it was removed, the Clean Energy Council said.
30 Apr, 2014
Direct Action closer to realityThe release of the White Paper on the Coalition’s Emissions Reduction Fund has brought the policy closer to reality, the Clean Energy Council’s Chief Executive David Green said today.
24 Apr, 2014
Opinion: Don't buy the wind power blame gameAnyone who tries to tell you that reducing wind power in South Australia will solve the issue of rising power prices is playing a slick trick.
18 Apr, 2014
NAB announced as Clean Energy Week major conference partnerFinancial services giant National Australia Bank (NAB) has signed on as the major conference partner for Australia’s premier clean energy industry event, Clean Energy Week 2014, the Clean Energy Council announced today.
02 Apr, 2014
Wind win for farmers under tax changesFarmers hosting wind turbines will be able to claim additional financial benefits for their businesses and families if a new tax amendment is passed by Federal Parliament, the Clean Energy Council said today.
31 Mar, 2014
Wind industry sells out to excellenceThe Clean Energy Council’s inaugural Wind Industry Forum in Melbourne was a sell-out yesterday, with 200 industry professionals fronting up to get the latest insights from some of the leading experts in their fields.
20 Mar, 2014
AMA statement on wind power should reassure communitiesA public statement on wind farms and health released by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) this week should provide additional peace of mind for communities living in the vicinity of existing or proposed wind power projects, the Clean Energy Council said today.
19 Mar, 2014
Cutting Victorian energy efficiency scheme would hit vulnerable households and jobsClaims that axing the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) would provide significant price relief on household electricity bills are both wrong and short-sighted, the Clean Energy Council said today.
17 Mar, 2014
Seismic shift will rein in costs, give consumers more power: CEC paperAlready more than two million Australians have voted to take control of their energy costs and are driving a more competitive, productive, and open energy market, according to a paper produced for this week’s Australian Davos Connection Forum on National Infrastructure by Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green. 14 Mar, 2014
Queensland Government should act to protect consumers from solar cutsThe Queensland Government should act to protect solar power consumers who could be negatively impacted by its decision to cut support to the state's solar power scheme, the Clean Energy Council said today. 06 Mar, 2014
Industry welcomes pledge on Renewable Energy Target from Will HodgmanA weekend pledge by Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman to lobby for retaining Australia's Renewable Energy Target in its current form if elected as the state's Premier was extremely welcome, the Clean Energy Council's Chief Executive David Green said today.
04 Mar, 2014
ACT set to become shining light for community solar powerThe ACT is set to become a shining light for community solar power, thanks to the Canberra Community Solar initiative announced today by the ACT Government, according to the Clean Energy Council.
28 Feb, 2014
Draft report finds no reliable link between wind farms and health effectsThe release of the draft position statement on wind farms and health from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today was an important step in reassuring communities living near wind farms that their health is not at risk, according to the Clean Energy Council.
24 Feb, 2014
Opinion: Critics of Renewable Energy Target policy in denialOne of the most memorable lines in the iconic Australian movie The Castle is when lawyer Denis Denuto argues in court that 'It's just the vibe of the thing'. It's what you fall back on when you've run out of facts to prove your case.
21 Feb, 2014
Renewable Energy Target review: bring it onThe renewable energy industry today welcomed the start of the Federal Government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, saying the scheme’s low cost and massive benefits could now be decisively demonstrated and critics’ misleading claims debunked.
17 Feb, 2014
Trina Solar to energise Clean Energy Week 2014 as major sponsorThe Clean Energy Council announced today that Trina Solar, one of the world’s leading solar PV companies, has signed on as the major sponsor of Australia’s premier renewable energy and energy efficiency industry event, Clean Energy Week 2014.
17 Feb, 2014
Ceres Wind Farm approval underlines importance of Renewable Energy TargetThe approval of Senvion Australia's $1.5 billion Ceres Wind Farm demonstrates how the national Renewable Energy Target and supportive government policy can work together to generate major economic benefits, the Clean Energy Council said today.
13 Feb, 2014
ACCI blows it on renewablesThe Clean Energy Council has challenged the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to explain its calculations after the group appeared to over-estimate the cost of renewable energy by billions of dollars in a media release late yesterday afternoon.
13 Feb, 2014
Australian Government commits to new boost for clean energyPrime Minister Tony Abbott's welcome commitment to Australia being 'open for business' has been clearly demonstrated on the world stage, through Australia's leadership in a new international agreement to bring down the costs of a range of clean energy technologies, the Clean Energy Council said today.
27 Jan, 2014
Opinion: Renewables can take the heatLast week, Victoria experienced the longest period of plus-40 degree temperatures for more than a century, while Adelaide briefly enjoyed the dubious honour of being the hottest city on the planet. Lots of people went to the beach or the local pool. Everyone who had an air conditioner turned it on, or took refuge at the office, the movies or the local shopping centre.
21 Jan, 2014
Opinion: Turn down heat on the vulnerableMost of us have spent the last week feeling like we're being slow-roasted in our own juices.
17 Jan, 2014
Victorian Senator's heat directed at wrong targetSenator John Madigan's concern for people who have lost power in the recent heatwave is admirable, but he is directing his anger at the wrong target, the Clean Energy Council said today.
17 Jan, 2014
Musselroe Wind Farm provides fresh energy for local economyThe Clean Energy Council today congratulated its members Hydro Tasmania and Vestas on the successful opening of Tasmania's largest wind farm, the 56-turbine Musselroe Wind Farm in the state's north-east.
15 Jan, 2014
Millions of Australians do the bright thing to reduce their power billsThe Clean Energy Council said official Federal Government figures released today showed that record numbers of Australians had seen the light and installed some kind of clean energy system to help manage their power bills.
09 Jan, 2014
Opinion: Clearing the air on Chinese clean energy"It doesn't matter what Australia does on climate change because China will just keep polluting regardless".
20 Dec, 2013
Gas prices heat up power bills in the Sunshine StateQueensland consumers are starting to get a taste of what more gas power will mean for their power bills in the future, the Clean Energy Council said today.
11 Dec, 2013
Rooftop solar powers past new milestoneMore than 3 gigawatts of solar power has now been installed on Australian rooftops, which will produce enough energy over the next year to run Melbourne's entire train network for more than a decade, Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said in an address to the Energy Efficiency Council's national conference today.
04 Dec, 2013
Cherry Tree Wind Farm approval to bring benefits to Seymour regionClean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green has welcomed a decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to approve Infigen Energy's Cherry Tree Wind Farm, near Seymour north of Melbourne.
27 Nov, 2013
Clean energy sector sets benchmark on community engagementSouth Australian Deputy Premier John Rau today launched two important documents developed by the Clean Energy Council that will help to promote better working relationships between wind farm developers and local communities in the state.
21 Nov, 2013
Code of conduct to raise the bar in the solar industryA Clean Energy Council program to give consumers increased confidence when purchasing solar power systems was launched by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt in Canberra today.
20 Nov, 2013
New look for Clean Energy CouncilFor businesses working in renewable energy and energy efficiency, now is a better time than ever to become a member of the Clean Energy Council, Deputy Chief Executive Kane Thornton said as the organisation launched its new branding this week.
15 Nov, 2013
Renewable energy cuts a disappointing sting in carbon tailCuts to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) outlined in legislation today could have a significant impact on the development of exciting new renewable energy technologies in the future, the Clean Energy Council said.
13 Nov, 2013
Opinion: How to get renewable energy racing againYou would be hard-pressed to find any official in the land who would suggest putting the Melbourne Cup on hold every second year so that all aspects of the race could be reviewed.
04 Nov, 2013
AEMC report welcome, but loses focus on solar powerThe Clean Energy Council has congratulated the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) for taking a balanced look at the power prices debate in the development of its strategic priorities, which were outlined in a report released today.
23 Oct, 2013
Leading lights share clean energy secrets at council forumByron Shire and Townsville City Councils will share insights on how to save money and reduce emissions with other Queensland Councils in a forum in Brisbane today hosted by the Clean Energy Council and the federal Department of Industry.
15 Oct, 2013
Prepare to be blown away at Wind Farm Open DayOn Saturday 12 October, wind farms across the country will throw open their gates to the public and host a range of fun and informative events for Australia's first national Wind Farm Open Day.
09 Oct, 2013
Minimum price on solar to protect South Australian consumersA recommendation to set a minimum price for the solar energy generated by South Australians was good news overall for households and small businesses, the Clean Energy Council said today.
02 Oct, 2013
Chief Executive David Green's Australian Institute of Energy speechClean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green addressed the Australian Institute of Energy on post-election priorities for Australian energy policy in Melbourne, Victoria on 25 September.
26 Sep, 2013
Victorian businesses switch on to solar powerThe Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) and the Clean Energy Council (CEC) today joined forces to show businesses how to improve their bottom line by installing solar.
19 Sep, 2013
Clean energy industry welcomes new ministerial appointmentsAustralia's clean energy industry today welcomed the appointment of two ministers with strong knowledge and experience of the sector to the federal portfolios of industry and environment.
18 Sep, 2013
Secure, affordable and clean energy future for New South WalesThe release of the Renewable Energy Action Plan by the New South Wales Government yesterday shows the potential of renewable energy to drive new jobs and investment throughout the state, according to the Clean Energy Council.
13 Sep, 2013
New app to make light work for solar installersA new iPhone app released by the Clean Energy Council will help make it easier for solar installers and businesses to keep track of all their jobs, perform high quality installation work and cut down on administration.
11 Sep, 2013
August windy enough to light up 155,000 homesSouth Australia broke another wind power record during August, with the state's wind farms providing the equivalent of just under 40 per cent of the state's power, the Clean Energy Council said today.
04 Sep, 2013
Royalla Solar Farm banks on clean energy fundsClean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green has congratulated the companies involved with the Royalla Solar Farm on the news that the project has successfully attracted financial backing through ANZ and National Australia Bank.
03 Sep, 2013
Cold winter winds help Australia to clean energy recordThe equivalent of just under half of South Australia's power was produced by its wind farms across last week as both it and Victoria smashed previous records for wind power during the blustery conditions.
23 Aug, 2013
Second round of solar action to light up nation's capitalThe Clean Energy Council has congratulated Zhenfa Solar and Elementus on their successful projects in the second round of the ACT Solar Auction, which will provide large amounts of clean energy at a low cost to ACT residents when the solar farms are completed.
19 Aug, 2013
Tasmanian solar decision the right move for customers and jobsThe clean energy industry said the Tasmanian Government's decision to lock in the current rate paid for rooftop solar electricity for the next five years was very good news for people who had invested in the technology in good faith.
19 Aug, 2013
NSW Government action on energy efficiency to power up industryThe release of the NSW Government's Energy Efficiency Action Plan today has recognised the central role that energy efficiency can play in helping consumers reduce their power bills, the Clean Energy Council said.
16 Aug, 2013
Blue skies for WA solar owners after government reverses decisionThe Clean Energy Council said common sense had prevailed today with the news that the Western Australian Government had reversed its decision to retrospectively cut support for solar households.
12 Aug, 2013
WA solar changes to make families tighten mortgage beltRetrospective changes to the solar power support scheme in the Western Australian Budget strike at the very heart of the state's mortgage belt, the Clean Energy Council said today.
08 Aug, 2013
Bright future for cleantech as clouds part for large-scale solarAdvances in large-scale solar power over the last month have underlined the importance of bipartisan support for the 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Council's Chief Executive David Green said at an event today.
08 Aug, 2013
Large-scale solar funding good news for a renewable futureConfirmation that the largest solar energy project in the Southern Hemisphere is now underway is great news for the future of renewable energy in Australia, the Clean Energy Council said today.
31 Jul, 2013
Clean Energy Council Award winners shine at NAB Gala DinnerA remote South Australian geothermal project by Geodynamics, Marcus Priest from the Australian Financial Review and Hydro Tasmania all have one thing in common: they were crowned winners of the 2013 Clean Energy Council Awards last night.
25 Jul, 2013
Chief Executive David Green's Clean Energy Week opening speechClean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green provided the official welcome at the Clean Energy Week conference in Brisbane, Queensland on 24 July.
24 Jul, 2013
Coalition affirms support for fixed 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target at Clean Energy WeekThe clean energy industry today welcomed the support for a fixed Renewable Energy Target given by Coalition Senator Simon Birmingham.
24 Jul, 2013
Clean Energy Week to host major players in lead-up to Federal ElectionClean Energy Week 2013, the clean energy industry's leading annual national event, will form an important backdrop for Australia's leading politicians to stake their claim on the clean energy agenda ahead of the next Federal Election.
17 Jul, 2013
Carbon changes more a ripple than a tidal shiftThe Federal Government's announcement that funding would remain unchanged for the core programs assisting emerging renewable energy technologies was good news for the clean energy sector, the Clean Energy Council said today.
16 Jul, 2013
Smarter energy use could stop business billions going beggingThe Clean Energy Council said new research released by The Climate Institute today showed investment in energy efficiency could deliver big savings for individual businesses and households, as well as benefiting the Australian economy to the tune of billions of dollars.
15 Jul, 2013
Government funding gives fresh energy to manufacturersAustralia's clean energy industry said a $100 million joint funding deal announced between the Federal Government and the Commonwealth Bank today would help small and medium manufacturing businesses remain competitive in tough economic conditions.
28 Jun, 2013
Next step on King Island wind power project welcomedThe Clean Energy Council today welcomed the decision by Hydro Tasmania to proceed with a feasibility study for its proposed TasWind project on King Island, which brings local residents one step closer to a multi-million dollar windfall, and the creation of hundreds of new jobs.
24 Jun, 2013
New technologies will make a smarter and cleaner energy futureAustralia's future energy system will be smarter and cleaner, while delivering on affordability for consumers and environmental responsibility, Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green will tell a conference in Melbourne today.
18 Jun, 2013
Opinion: Chasing Australia's energy ideal (Climate Spectator)It's a scorching hot day during a summer of the future.
17 Jun, 2013
Electricity reform a bright idea to cut Queensland power billsA Queensland Government commitment to removing government controls on retail electricity prices in South East Queensland by 2015 should drive savings for consumers through increased competition, the Clean Energy Council said today.
17 Jun, 2013
Opinion: Making our own luck with clean energy and mining (RenewEconomy)Australia's mining boom is a combination of hard work and pure luck. Hard work because it's tough to be a miner. And luck because our mining boom is being fed by the once-in-a-lifetime growth being experienced in China and India. For possibly the first time in history, Australia is one of the strongest economies in the world: truly the lucky country.
14 Jun, 2013
City of Sydney generates support for renewable energy plansThe City of Sydney's plans to source all its power, heating and cooling from renewable energy by 2030 showed the leadership role that local councils could take in driving the transition to cleaner forms of energy, the Clean Energy Council said today.
11 Jun, 2013
Remote renewables program to power up the regionsRenewable energy projects that could dramatically cut diesel use by remote communities and mining companies will benefit from $400 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
07 Jun, 2013
Clean energy industry shows its solar flair in record year: ReportRenewable energy supplied a record 13.14 per cent of Australia's electricity in 2012, according to new figures released by the Clean Energy Council today.
05 Jun, 2013
Queensland solar households safe - for nowThe Clean Energy Council has congratulated the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) for moving away from the idea to levy an extra charge on solar power users, as revealed in today's electricity price determination.
31 May, 2013
Clean energy industry sets new benchmark on community engagementAustralia's clean energy sector today took an important step in its work with rural and regional communities to deliver jobs and investment, by releasing new wind Community Engagement Best Practice Guidelines and a community expectations guide.
30 May, 2013
New power plant a $195 million commitment to Victorian jobsThe Clean Energy Council said it was encouraging that more companies were making use of combined heat and power technology to save on their power bills and reduce emissions, following the opening of a $195 million cogeneration facility at a plastics manufacturing plant in Altona.
27 May, 2013
NSW on the right path to lower electricity pricesA draft report released today recommended setting New South Wales on a course to reduce electricity bills and reform its energy market in the interests of all consumers, the Clean Energy Council said today.
23 May, 2013
Renewables the light at the end of the power price tunnelAustralia needs to invest in clean energy to maximise the economic potential for gas exports and ensure energy affordability for domestic users, the Clean Energy Council's Chief Executive David Green told a power and utilities conference in Sydney this morning.
22 May, 2013
Old-school power companies clutching at straws on solarA call from the Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA) for solar-powered households to pay more to access the electricity network would have been like saying 20 years ago that people using email should chip in for stamps, the solar industry said today.
19 May, 2013
Tasmanian Government provides pathway to solar industry certaintyThe Clean Energy Council has welcomed the release of the Tasmanian Government's issues paper on solar power feed-in tariffs, saying the process should provide confidence to consumers and the industry during the transition to full retail competition in the state's electricity market this year.
17 May, 2013
Chopping and changing unsettles clean energy investorsThe clean energy industry said it was disappointed tonight at the Federal Government's move to put more than $600 million of funding for clean energy projects in jeopardy.
14 May, 2013
ARENA speculation spooks clean energy investorsThe Clean Energy Council said it would be surprised and disappointed if the Federal Government cut up to $200 million of funding from new clean energy technologies, as was reported in several newspapers today.
09 May, 2013
Clean Energy Council Award entries close soonThe Clean Energy Council is inviting innovative companies, journalists, community engagement managers and the solar industry's best and brightest to nominate for its annual awards, which will be presented during Clean Energy Week in July.
09 May, 2013
Opinion: Clean energy can be the answer to our gas woes (Climate Spectator)The electricity price hikes have peaked, while gas is high and rising. That was the conclusion last month from the NSW pricing regulator, confirming what power companies have known for some time – and it's just the start of the bad news for Australian businesses and residents.
06 May, 2013
South Australia rocked by new clean energy technologyThe Clean Energy Council has congratulated Geodynamics on being the first company to successfully produce power in Australia from deep beneath the earth's surface using geothermal 'hot rocks' technology.
03 May, 2013
Local power generation can take the sting out of energy billsMany Australian businesses and communities are missing out on an energy saving technology to cut their power prices that has been in use in many parts of the world for over a century, the Clean Energy Council's Chief Executive David Green told a conference in Brussels overnight.
19 Apr, 2013
Welcome progress on transmission network reformThe Australian Energy Market Commission's (AEMC) Transmission Frameworks Review is a welcome move forward, and the Clean Energy Council congratulates the Commission on the outcome of its three years of intensive work.
15 Apr, 2013
Victoria powering ahead with Australia's largest wind farmThe Clean Energy Council today congratulated AGL Energy, Meridian Energy, Vestas and Leighton Contractors on the opening of the largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere by Liberal Premier of Victoria Denis Napthine at Macarthur in the south-west of the state.
12 Apr, 2013
Australia makes its first solar power millionMore than two million Australians are now getting cheaper power and saving some half a billion dollars a year on their electricity bills, because of their switch to solar energy.
05 Apr, 2013
Clean energy investment back on targetClean energy investors have been given a boost today as the Federal Government closed the book on another review of the Renewable Energy Target, again concluding that the scheme is highly effective in driving the transition of the Australian energy sector at very low cost to consumers.
21 Mar, 2013
Don't play politics with Australia's energy futureReliable, affordable and sustainable energy supplies are crucial to economic growth and prosperity. Without enough energy, we risk higher prices and shortages. We also risk losing the opportunity to increase employment and grow major new wealth creating export markets.
14 Mar, 2013
American Council On Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Council of Australia announce US-Australian renewable energy industry partnershipThe American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Clean Energy Council (CEC) of Australia are pleased to announce a partnership to enrich both organisations' missions of advancing clean energy deployment in the United States and Australia.
12 Mar, 2013
Now is the time to power up consumers on energy useAustralia now has the opportunity to make transformative changes to our electricity market to put power in the hands of consumers and businesses, according to the Chief Executive of Australia's peak clean energy industry body.
27 Feb, 2013
Opinion: Focus on Australia's energy system heats up (Climate Spectator)When summer comes to an end, the tennis and cricket has faded in the memory and the first energy bill arrives in the post or the e-mail, many of us will feel the cost of keeping our houses cool. And the cost might just make us a little more interested in how our power is both generated and used.
25 Feb, 2013
New report from South Australian EPA on wind farms and infrasoundA report released by the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has finally put to rest a common myth about wind farms – that they create dangerous levels of infrasound, or sound too low for humans to hear, that can be harmful to people who live near wind turbines.
04 Feb, 2013
Opinion: A local boon to benefit all (Adelaide Advertiser)REpower's new Ceres wind farm on the Yorke Peninsula will bring a whole host of different benefits, with local farmers the biggest winners.
09 Jan, 2013